On July 24-27, a unique and important event took place in Jerusalem. Six paramedics and supervisors from Magen David Adom in Israel (IMDA) were invited to attend the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course, provided by instructors and doctors from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
While both organizations cooperate effectively around emergency ambulance services, this was the first time that PRCS staff served as instructors for IMDA personnel.
The course, which dealt with the advanced treatment of a trauma patient in the pre-hospital setting, was held in Sheik Jerakh quarter in Jerusalem and lasted four days.
While proficient in many aspects of trauma treatment, IMDA paramedics and supervisors benefited from learning the different approaches to patient treatment practiced by PRCS. Dr. Djani, the medical director of the course, together with his team of instructors who came from east Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and Kalkilia, lectured about different kinds of injuries, their inter-connection and the particularities of pre-hospital trauma patient management. The final two days of the course were dedicated to practical exercises.
But this event was much more than just a technical seminar. Over the course of four days participants shared their personal experience and worked together in teams. The event became a constructive dialogue in an atmosphere that was very positive. The course concluded with a ceremony, during which the participants from both organizations expressed their satisfaction and shared sentiment that this event was a real ‘eye-opener.’
National Societies, such as the PRCS and IMDA, use their local knowledge and expertise, access to communities, and infrastructure to get the right kind of help where it’s needed, fast. Such cooperation in training between national societies reflects the collective determination of the Red Cross Red Crescent to move forward in tackling the major humanitarian challenges ahead.